By the Sun's Rays
Run time 11:23Producer Tod BrowningAudio/Visual silent, black and white
Mine boss Seymour Hastings (John Davis) suspects an inside accomplice when gold shipments keep getting stolen, so he sends east for help and is sent detective Murdock MacQuarrie (John Murdock). The detective sets out before the next shipment with a posse and finds that mine clerk Lon Chaney (Frank Lawler) is using a mirror to signal the bandits that shipments have left the mine." Directed by Tod Browning, 1914. Film in the public domain.
May 7, 2010
Super Condensed Western
This 1914 Silent stars Murdock MacQuirie as a detective who in short order, really short order, discovers the gold robbers, takes up with the heroine, has the obligatory shoot-outs, including the ultimate western justice against Lon Chaney, saves the gold and gets the girl all in 11 minutes. Todd Browning directed, with some real cowboys in the cast as well for authenticity. Very good of kind. Mr. MacQuirie was a very busy character actor in Silents and Talkies right up until he died in 1942. You've seen his work, but probably couldn't put the name and face together. Enjoy this little gem.
October 14, 2007
early efforts by two greats
This short film of Mr Chaney and Mr. Browning shows a early collabration of two great artists in their fields. Mr. Browning years before Dracula and Mr. Channey before Phantom of the Opera. Both men at this time, were just trying to irk out a living. Ironic and sad, that when Mr. Browning was to direct Dracula he thought of Mr. Channey for the title role(they also collaborated on London after Midnight). Mr. Channey had done a week of shooting for Dracula before dying. Please more films of Channey and Browning.